X, formerly known as Twitter, was reportedly hit with a $350,000 fine because it initially refused to comply with a search warrant regarding the account of former President Donald Trump. The office of special counsel Jack Smith was looking into claims that the former reality show host attempted to interfere with the most recent election. During their investigation, the office of the special counsel Jack Smith obtained a search warrant for the New York native’s social media account. However, the social media platform reportedly refused to comply with the warrant at first. As a result, a federal judge hit the company with a $350,000 fine.
“Although Twitter ultimately complied with the warrant, the company did not fully produce the requested information until three days after a court-ordered deadline,” an opinion from a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals reads.
“The district court thus held Twitter in contempt and imposed a $350,000 sanction for its delay.”
The office of special counsel Jack Smith ultimately got what it needed to move forward with the investigation. Last week, the former President was hit with multiple charges regarding accusations that he attempted to overturn the election. This week, Smith’s office requested that the trial begin in January. At this time, the judge has not offered their ruling on the matter.